As fall turns into winter, some of the North Bay spots we fish in the coldest months start coming to life. This article is about Allen Creek on the Northwest side of Tampa Bay and is a place that holds beautiful fish in the winter.
The creek's there have been called by two different names as long as I've fished the bay: some call it Allen's Creek and others Turtle Creek. It very well may be that the tiny feed on the left/west side of the creek itself as you enter next to the runway represents one of the two, and the larger main creek the second/main name. Whatever you call it, when the water cools a bit in the fall, it turns into a hot fishery.
Before we get into the creek itself, and talk about experiences we've had there, you should know that the tip of that runway points to a spot that very well might be one of the best tarpon holes you'll find in the summer. More accurately, it's not a hole -- it's a ridge. Look at this image from our free navigation tool (below) from the people at NCEarth. Try opening 2 tabs in your browswer with one tab looking at this navigation tool (below), and the other looking at the Fishy Spot Map of Allen Creek (below).
The "submerged pile" you see in this NCEarth navigation tool is a major tarpon spot when the water's warm in the late summer. It attracts threadfin, and the threads attract tarpon.
If you look at the area on GoogleEarth, the submerged structure doesn't show up. It's why using GoogleEarth by itself doesn't always fit the bill of finding new fishing spots; you need to use charts and satellite imagery to accomplish the most effective trip plans.
The GoogleEarth view doesn't show the structure displayed by the chart images. Those were originally done by hand, with lead on strings tapping the bottom. This spot in particular was originally introduced to local fishers as a tarpon hot spot by a respected captain named James Wisener, and is part of what's called "The Tarpon Highway"
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